meek·​ness ˈmēk-nəs How to pronounce meekness (audio)
: the quality or state of being meek : a mild, moderate, humble, or submissive quality
He is accomplished in the art of approaching strangers, donning an air of such meekness and respect that no one can believe for long that he's a cop.William Finnegan
His stance on Chinese trade has wavered to date between sheer intimidation on the campaign trail and meekness in actual negotiations.Sara Hsu

Examples of meekness in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web There’s a meekness at play which never lets up, even in moments when Mildred surprises herself and tries to wrestle control over her own life (throwing her cheating husband out of her house, yelling at her ungrateful viper of a daughter, falling madly in lust with a mustachioed playboy). Manuel Betancourt, Vulture, 27 May 2021 The series oversells Walt’s meekness at first. Los Angeles Times, 18 Nov. 2021 Caroline is furious with her insubordinate daughter, and Emmie is incensed by Caroline’s meekness. Alexandra Schwartz, The New Yorker, 1 Nov. 2021 But her ennui shouldn’t be mistaken for blandness or meekness. Angie Han, The Hollywood Reporter, 21 June 2022 But his quiet demeanor and humble attitude didn’t translate to meekness on the field. Matthew Vantryon, The Indianapolis Star, 17 May 2022 Her characters are often poised at the crossroads of meekness and ferocity. Michael Schulman, The New Yorker, 29 Apr. 2022 Nate, the kit man who spent much of the first season defined by his meekness, has been promoted to assistant coach—and, making sense of his newfound fame, flirts with power trips and selfishness. Megan Garber, The Atlantic, 23 July 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

13th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of meekness was in the 13th century

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“Meekness.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Dec. 2023.

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